At five condo buildings from 2000 to 2019, taxes increased 1,505 to 2,073 percent.
12-Jan-21 Runaway real estate tax hikes have been a major problem in Chicago and Cook County for decades, especially in tony North Side neighborhoods.
For example, a spot check of Cook County Treasurer records shows Ma-and-Pa owners of two four-flat apartment buildings in Old Town and Logan Square were hit with tax hikes ranging from 117 to 121 percent over the past two decades.
Despite annual appeals, the vintage Old Town propertys tax bill soared to $26,284 in 2019 from $12,091 in 2000, while the Logan Square greystones bill skyrocketed to $12,317 from $5,564.
As shocking as these examples are, they are a drop in the bucket compared with the over-the-moon 1,505 to 2,073 percent tax increases revealed on five city condominium properties headlining The Top 50, a new report by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.
Here are details on the five Chicago properties based on tax bill increases over the past two decades in East Lake View, Gold Coast, and Wicker Park...
The owners of a luxury Gold Coast condo at The Mayfair, 189 East Lake Shore Drive, witnessed their tax bill jump a whopping 2,073 percent to $47,782 in 2019 from $2,199 in 2000. Records show the owners filed successful appeals over the years to fight the increases. In 2016, the tax bill hit a high of $59,413. Another owner at The Mayfair saw her tax bill jump a whopping 1,889 percent to $133,954 in 2019 from $6,731 in 2000.
In Wicker Park, the owner of a walk-up condo at 1945 West Evergreen Avenue (left) saw his tax bill jump a whopping 1,912 percent to $9,085 in 2019.
The bill rose steadily from $1,503 in 2004 to $7,320 in 2016. In 2000, the tax bill for the unit was only $451. Records show the owner filed successful appeals over the years to fight the increases. In 2008, the tax bill hit $124,231. An appeal in 2010 lowered the bill to $105,088. By 2016, the bill skyrocketed to $165,926. Another appeal lowered the bill to its current level. The tax bill of another owner jumped a whopping 1,812 percent to $9,874 in 2019. That bill rose steadily from $4,152 in 2003 to $7,952 in 2016. In 2000, the tax bill for the unit was only $516.
In East Lake View, the owner of a loft condo at 811 West Aldine Avenue (right) saw his tax bill jump a whopping 1,504 percent to $8,588 in 2019.
The bill rose steadily from $2,030 in 2005 to $8,770 in 2014. In 2000, the tax bill for the unit was only $535.
The Top 50 report represents a new chapter in The Pappas Study, an unprecedented analysis that shows Cook Countys tax bills virtually doubling over 20 years, an increase that is nearly triple the 36 percent rise in the cost-of-living index.
There is a solution to the problem of skyrocketing taxes, said Pappas (left). Vote.
She noted that less than 29 percent of the voting age population in Chicago has cast ballots in elections held since 2011.
If you dont hold elected officials accountable, then you only have yourself to blame, she said.
The other way to receive relief is to file an appeal. Property owners who think they are over-assessed should appeal now, advises Michael Griffin, an expert tax assessment lawyer. Contact the Cook County Assessors Office to find comparable properties or start the appeal process. The Assessor is now concluding the appeals process for 2020.
A taxpayer can file with the Cook County Board of Review and later with the Illinois Property Tax Appeals Board. Or call Michael Griffin.